Jealousy, the one thing we all face in our photography career, but no body wants to talk about it. Yeah it’s ugly. What it does to you and your work can be even worse. The photography industry can be a dog eat dog kind of world. Even beyond that. It’s so easy to scroll through your Facebook feed and see all these other photographers. All of a sudden it feels like everyone is doing these amazing things. Everyone but you. Then you start sinking. Your drowning in the thoughts of why don’t my images look this way? No one will ever hire me to shoot in Rome… Stop. Stop right now.
Facebook and Instagram followers do not define how good you are. Other creatives don’t define how good you are! How boring would this industry be if we all had images that looked just alike? So stop comparing yourself to others. Own your style. If you want to compare yourself to someone compare yourself to the photographer you where last year. Put two images side by side and look at your own growth. It’s human nature, we are hard wired to never be satisfied. Take a moment to realize we are all human and that person you are idolizing is jealous of someone else.
Disconnect a little bit when you start feeling like you are not good enough. UN-follow a few groups. Whatever it takes to get away from the jealousy. Start a personal project. Design a styled shoot or just do a fun 7 day challenge to get you thinking outside of the box. Give yourself the gift of learning something new. Encouragement has to come from within. Know you are good enough and that we all started somewhere. This post doesn’t mean that I am immune from being jealous from other photographers and people. There are many photographers far more popular than I am, have more expensive equipment, and even more freedom than I do. This is so you remember to be grateful for how blessed and talented you are. You are amazing!